What drives the graceful glide-and-tumble of a leafy sea dragon? Look for tiny, translucent fins along the sides of the head that control steering and turning, and propulsion-generating dorsal fins along the spine. 😍 // Vid by aquarium curator Vikki M.
Beautiful sixgill shark sighting! Aka "that feeling when your science-obsessed colleagues won't look up long enough to notice the 8- to 10-foot shark directly overhead." Filmed at 420 feet by Mauritius Valente Bell, dive safety officer for our deep-diving, chipmunk-voiced (blame the helium) #HopeForReefs team. #SharkWeek 🔊
Green tree pythons—like this one from our Color of Life exhibit—actually start life as bright yellow juveniles, well camouflaged by leaf litter on the forest floor. As they age and move up into the trees, they gradually develop their more familiar brilliant green. Photo by @jonamedina_ // #🐍 #treepython #greentreepython
Photographer @claudio_contreras_koob’s “Newborn Peek”—featuring an American flamingo chick eyeballing the world through its parent’s brilliant plumage—is another incredible highlight from our 2018 @bigpicturecomp, putting the W in the “Winged Life” category. // #wildlifephotography #conservationphotography #naturephotography #flamingo #americanflamingo
Happy #Pride2018! We're proud to support @500QueerScientists, a new visibility campaign for the LGBTQ+ #STEM community started (independently) by Academy arachnology curator @caribales & scientific illustrator/scientist @thepenandthepangolin. Give it a follow to show your support & meet a range of incredible experts—because diverse science is powerful science. 💪🔬🏳️🌈❤️ Website: www.500queerscientists.com; Twitter = 500queersci. // #QueerInSTEM #STEMPride #Pride